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This poem is a reminder that all pets are for their lives not just for Christmas. Please think deeply before getting a dog or indeed any animal as a gift. It is a commitment of hard work and responsibility for many years.


“Twas the night before Christmas when all thru the house

Not a creature was stirring not even a mouse.

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care In hopes that St. Nick soon would be there.

The children all nestled snug in their beds With no thought of the dog filling their head.

And Mom in her kerchief and Dad in his cap Knew the dog was cold outside, but didn’t care about that.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter Dad sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.

Away to the window he flew like a flash Figuring the dog was free of his chain and into the trash.

The moon light beamed down on the new fallen snow giving the light of mid-day to objects below.

When what to Dads wonder, his eyes should appear But Santa Claus in the yard with his eyes full of tears.

He unchained the dog once so lively and quick, he was last year’s Christmas present, but now painfully sick.

More rapid than eagles Santa called the dog’s name and the dog ran to Santa despite all his pain.

Now Dasher, now Dancer, now Prancer and Vixen On Comet on Cupid on Donner and Blitzen.

Fly over the roof tops and spread word to all Let’s find this dog a home where he will be loved by all.

Dad knew in an instant there would be no gifts this year For Santa had made one thing quite clear.

The gift of a dog is not just for the season They had gotten the dog for all the wrong reasons.

In their haste to think of the kids gift There was one important thing that they had missed

A dog should be family, and cared for the same You don’t give a gift, then put it on a chain.

And they heard Santa explain as he rode out of sight, “You weren’t given a gift, you were given a life.”

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